Friday, November 7, 2014


I was really looking forward to Writer/Director Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, but, unfortunately, it left me with very mixed feelings.  

One of the ironies of filmmaking is that an audience will forgive fuzziness or glitches in the image, but will not forgive bad sound.  And that is the downfall of Interstellar from the very first line.  (And, I saw it in one of New York’s finest theaters with a top-of-the-line sound system.)

There are great images, a good story, wonderful performances, especially by Jessica Chastain and young Mackenzie Foy, but the script is hampered by bad recording. 

It’s not necessary for you to understand the story’s complicated science or agree with Nolan’s point of view, but it would be helpful to hear them so you could judge for yourself.  Either they should have turned down Composer Hans Zimmer's music or turned it up so we weren’t bothered by the needless dialogue.

Great acting carried a good story.  Stuff happens and, though we might not always understand what is going on, we leave satisfied.  That may be Nolan’s new secret to dealing with the texting audience. 

For what and who is good in this film, I give Interstellar a new grade of 4- out of 5.

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